Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunset is beautiful in Jerusalem

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Now that we have the snow behind us, (well, there are a lot of parking spots that are still being taken up by fallen tree branches and snow) but for the most part all the roads are clear, and the city is back to normal.

I was captivated by this picture so I have to share it with you!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday Night in Jerusalem

You don't have to be afraid at night in Jerusalem.  I took an hour long walk to the center of town and back just now and it is beautiful!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Still Snow on the ground in Jerusalem

I took this picture this evening after teaching clarinet at the Local Matnas,  They have this gigantic Marimba outside to show that I am THE music teacher there!  I couldn't resist taking this picture,

The first one, Google added the snow, it hasn't snowed for over a week!  The second picture is what it really looks like!

I'm back to teaching my full schedule, there are a few spots left for lessons, Contact me through the website and I'll get back to you!
Rachael Alice
Music teacher in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

One week after the Snowstorm!

I am now better prepared for the NEXT Snowstorm.  I went out to Machne Yehuda and found a pair of rubber boots at a little shop almost at the end of the main aisle!  Since this is the beginning of the winter, only Hashem knows what he has in store for us later on!

This picture was taken this morning from my favorite place, my living room window, and you can still see snow left on the ground!

Simply Amazing!

Rachael Alice
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snowing in Jerusalem!

Here is the day that All the kids have been waiting for!  Snow in Jerusalem, early in the season.  Just think what January will hold!  Usually, if it is going to snow, it will be in January, so this is a nice surprise!

Have fun, stay safe, don't drive unless you have tire chains.  It is better to miss the appointment than to have to call Magan David Adom.  Two of my sons will be working all day today, but I'd rather that you not have to meet them in their professional capacity! 

Rachael Alice - Let's make the appointments for next week, OK?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Chanuka The time of our remembering

The holiday of Chanuka celebrates our Jewish Identity.  We light candles to symbolize the strengthening of our commitment to spread the light of Torah to all the world. Our National Struggle even continues on to this day.  There are those who want Israel to be like all the other nations.  They want us to have the same consumer culture, the "Give Me" culture. Others are busy with such things as "Black Friday"  Why is it the color black?  That  symbolizes the cult of darkness, while we as Jews bring more light.  Each day we add more light.  Yes, we give Chanuka gelt to our children, who are expected to use this to also help the poor and give charity, just as we adult give charity.

As we look around and see the Menorahs in every window, we feel proud to be Jews and we give light to the world.

In the ancient world, and even up to the 1800's it was very difficult to light fire.  Matches were not perfected, and the search for the proper materials to light and keep fire was very important.  If your fire went out in the oven, then either you had to get fire from someone else, or use the special stones, strike them together, and let the spark fall on paper or other kindling.  This often took a lot of time, and you had to be very practiced in this skill.  Not everyone could do this.

So, in light of this, the fact that we light candles takes on new significance.  Yes, it was difficult to light fire and to spread light.

Go out and Spread the light of the Torah!

Rachael Alice

Friday, November 29, 2013

New Building in Jerusalem.

This is the central construction site in Jerusalem.  It used to be an old village that was used by the Government. I once had to go there when I was working for Prof. Moshe Prywes, running his Israel Journal of Medical Sciences.  I had to get approval of the non-profit status of the magazine.

Now, it going to be a very expensive high quality residential complex. I'll go back and take more pictures as the construction progresses and I see the gate open!

Rachael Alice

Monday, November 18, 2013

A different view of Nachlaot!

A bright clear day in Nachlaot, Jerusalem
The sky goes on forever, the Heart of the "Hippy" Jerusalem!

See ya around Nachlaot

Rachael Alice

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In the Middle of Jerusalem is the Swedish Monastery!

Jerusalem is huddled around the Swedish Monastery.   In this rare picture, you can see the flag waving!
It sits in the "Green Lung" in the middle of the city, and Katamon, is named for it.  "Kata" mean near to and "mon" is short for Monastery.  I have never been inside but that might change in the near future.

Rachael Alice
Roving Cellphone Photographer.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

העיר העתיקה בירשלים

כשיש לי תספורות בעיר העתיקה אני לא יכולה לעזוב בלי תמונות 
הצל והשמש משחקים ביחד     
הצבע של הכסא הכבוד

הקדוש ברוך הוא משגיח על כל העולם

רחל אליס 

The light at the end of the Tunnel

This is of a building in Arnona, and it reminded me of the light at the end of the Tunnel. Remember that if you are a little down, that HaShem doesn't give you tests that you can't pass.  Sure, there are times that it seems that everything is insurmountable, and that it is impossible to go on.  Look at this picture and feel the hope.  Feel the light that is coming from the end, and you will find the strength to go on.  You have accomplished much in your life and will accomplish more.  Choose to see light and not darkness.
Rachael Alice

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fade to Blue in Jerusalem

Fade to Blue in Jerusalem, As the sun sets we get ready for Hoshana Rabba tonight, some with music, and some with all night study.  Then we gear up for Simchat Torah!

Chag Sameach
From the Traveling Hair Salon
Rachael Alice
We will be on the road again starting on Sunday! Call for the weekly schedule 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

שנה טובה ומתוקה! Bonne Annee Have a Good and Sweet New Year!

The Traveling Hair Salon on the Move again, I couldn't resist this picture!

May you have a Good Sweet New Year 5774!  Blessings, Health, Success in Everything that you do!

Rachael Alice Orbach

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What a sight to wake up to in the morning!

Let this picture inspire you to take life as it comes, calmly with a hope and a dream for a better life.

Rachael Alice
The Traveling Hair Salon comes to you!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mural in the Old City of Jerusalem!

On the way back from a haircut, I snapped this picture!  If you are in Jerusalem, see if you can find this place!

Don't forget to schedule your haircut before the Holidays!

Rachael Alice

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Great Synagogue of the Old City of Jerusalem during the day and at night!

I was in the Old City this week, and I couldn't resist these pictures.  You never know when you are going to be that way again, so it is best to catch your memories when you see them!
This was one of the synagogues which was destroyed in 1948 when Israel had to surrender the Old City of Jerusalem to Jordan.

Now, has been rebuilt and it is beautiful!
You can go inside as a tour, or even pray there!

Rachael Alice  052-7500608

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Doorways and Windows

This is a view from inside the Ramban Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem!  

This is a beautiful walkway tucked away near Eithopia Street.
Don't you just want to sit in the shade and enjoy?

Rachael Alice Orbach - Traveling Hair Salon, is out and about in Jerusalem!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I love sunsets! Jerusalem Sunset!!

I love the Sunset, and as I am experimenting with 3D here is another  sunset for you to enjoy!

It is taken by another program, 3DSteroid, an Android app.

If you want to see it 3D, you have to look at the picture cross eyed.

There is another setting if you have red/blue glasses, which I don't have.


Rachael Alice Orbach

If you are going to be in Jerusalem, then you are invited to come to my music student's Annual recital on טו באב!  (July 22nd)  Hear my music students on Clarinet, Guitar and Recorder.  (those are the ones who are ready)  I also teach Saxophone, Mandolin and beginning organit.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Night view of Northern Jerusalem in 3D!

Last night I couldn't sleep so, I caught this view from my favorite place, my living room window.  We live on the 7th floor so it is easy to get stunning views.  I have posted this before, but now since I have discovered 3D photography, I decided to try it with this new website.  The only problem is that it is very expensive to print the photos.  No worry, I'll find a way around that too, so anyway, enjoy this picture!

After taking this picture, I was able to sleep!  

Maybe I'll take some pictures in your area of Jerusalem too! 

Rachael Alice 
Traveling Hair Salon 052-7500608 

Photography is just a hobby! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

A 3D Jerusalem sunset!

Here is a 3D Jerusalem Sunset!  Jerusalem Sunset in 3D!

I used my Galaxy 1 smartphone to take this picture!  It is very easy, but expensive to print the picture. Maybe later on I'll print it.


Rachael Alice
Traveling Hair Salon, We travel to you! This Wednesday we will be in Bar Ilan area of Jerusalem
Open appointments are available in the morning!  Call 0527500608!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jerusalem, in 3D!

Jerusalem in 3D!

This is brand new technology that you can use with your own digital camera!

This is my favorite picture of the view from my living room window!



Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cats in the Cardo, Old City Jerusalem

I was just coming back from a haircut appointment in the Old City of Jerusalem last Erev Shabbat, and I saw a very friendly cat come up to me who wanted petted.  "Please pet me? "
"Of course," I said, and we had a good time with her rubbing up and I petted her.

Then, I sat down with my heavy backpack and I just couldn't resist this picture, which should be in a Photography book!

This is what she is looking at.  This was the first picture that I took, and it is the best one of the series.

Then there was a white cat that was stuck in a room, that reminded me of the Lion of Judea!

Can't you just see this one as a Lion?  Just beautiful! 

Have a great week. 

If you want a haircut, just call: Rachael, the Traveling Hair Salon in Jerusalem 

Rachael Alice ! 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Still standing after all these years! Near the Old City of Jerusalem

After all, it is worth it to take a ride on the train, with views like this flashing by, Views of the Old City of Jerusalem to brighten your day.  

Still standing after all these years!

Rachael Alice Orbach 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Are we better off with the Light Rail Train?

This is a picture of the downtown area of Jerusalem.  Kinda empty.  Where did the people go? There are people about, but are they really revitalizing the downtown?  Do people really go there to do shopping, or do they go to the Malcha Mall?

Where do people who like to spend money go?  I really didn't see what was the problem with letting busses and cars go on Yaffa street.  The business were hopping, and you could get a seat on almost any bus to take you to the Central bus station.  Now, the train is usually so crowded that you have to push to get on, and most likely you won't get a seat.  This is difficult if you have done your shopping at Machne Yehuda market.  You have your cart, and there is no place to put it.

The downtown suffered for many year while they were building the light rail system, and many businesses went bankrupt.  We might have a cleaner city, but the quality of life has decreased.  I only go downtown if I really need it.  I save up all the errands to get done at one time, while before, I might have gone downtown a few times a week.  Now it is more like once a month.

Rachael Alice Orbach

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A little bit out of my way, but worth it!

I happened to be in Tel Aviv two weeks ago, and I found these pictures waiting for me.  Tel Aviv is not all tall buildings, glass and metal.  The first picture is of the Yakon River, well more like a creek. and the second shows blue sky, and trees.

Rachael Alice  - The Haircutting season is almost upon us! call for your appointment: 052-750-0608

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Music Festival in the Old City of Jerusalem

I was in the Old City to do a haircut this week, and I had a big surprise as I was walking in!  There were lights and music coming from almost everyplace!  The municipality of Jerusalem is celebrating as we are cleaning for Pesach with music!

I don't know if the Rabbis of the Old City really agree with this . . .

It was a diversion from the scrubbing and scouring.

Have a Chag Ksher and most importantly, Sameach!

Rachael Alice  - The Traveling Hair Salon comes to you in Jerusalem!   052-750-0608

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Nachlaot framed window

This was caught in Nachlaot, two window front view to the backyard,  Looking into inner space, getting ready for Passover!

Rachael Alice


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

On Yaffa Street (Jaffa Road)

 The ladder just makes it, doesn't it?
 This is the real picture of inside the building.
 The reflection of the train, and the inside at the same time,
I found these murals on Yaffa Road, they look so real that I had to take pictures

Have fun in Jerusalem, on Purim Week!

Rachael Alice

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Jerusalem Lions are still guarding us!

If you remember the campaign a long time ago about the Jerusalem Lions that were painted by different artists and then sold off, so I am finding them in interesting places.

This one looks dressed up for a formal affair!

It looks as if he's been played with and has paint missing though. . .

Rachael Alice

I"m already thinking about Pesach, I'm going into the closets and cleaning out.
Maybe it is time for a haircut?

Friday, February 1, 2013

10 Measures of Beauty were given to the World

Nine were given to Jerusalem ! 

Here's to you and may Peace be in Your heart! 

Cellphone photography at its best! 

Rachael Alice 

Monday, January 28, 2013

After Election Mess, literally

It has taken a whole week for the city to clean up after the election petek dump.  Even if you are happy with the results of the elections, the amount of paper that gets wasted is such a Shanda!  Did seeing the names of the parties on the ground influence you about which party to vote for?  I made my decision weeks before.  It should be from a sense of public duty that people always clean up their trash, and not only during elections.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

No School today, Friday

This picture is from January 10th!  Happy Snow Day!

The Education Ministry has announced that today, January 11th, the schools in Jerusalem will not open.  This is to allow the snow to melt on the roads, so that parents who are not experienced in driving in bad road conditions will not have the risk of accidents.

There is still snow on the roads, as well as on the cars and vegetation.

Rachael Alice

The Traveling Hair Salon will go on the Road, starting Sunday!  Call to make your appointment for a Facial, Haircut or Color! 

Jerusalem in the Snow

This is the scene outside my window, this afternoon, just a nice day  Cold and just right for children to play!  

A lazy day to stay inside to read, and take it easy!  

Have a great day! 

Rachael Alice  

When the weather is better, then call to get a haircut! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Don't take your Umbrella in this storm!

These are the casualties from the big storm that is hitting Jerusalem this week!  While walking about getting things done, this is what I found: broken umbrellas just left by frustrated people!  Today, the Ministry of Education is holding classes until 12:00 noon, and then sending the children home. My son's school just called and instead of sending him at 12:00, they are sending him at 11:00am!  Not much learning is going on today!   The snow is to hit this afternoon and this evening!  Phone and Internet lines are expected to be hit as well.  Plan ahead and get prepared, as supermarkets may not be able to get their normal deliveries.

Stay warm and dry inside!

Rachael Alice

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